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What is to be inferred if it is known that a self-proclaimed billionaire was unwilling to part with a really tiny fraction of his fortune for a fund that would advance his cause? His heart isn’t in it, right?
Well, that about sums up Michael Wolff’s assessment of President Donald Trump as outlined in Fire and Fury, a reading of which will just add more context, and thus a slightly better understanding, of the daily drama that’s been the Trump White House.
And what’s been happening in the White House? To quote from Fire and Fury, it’s “bitter rivalries joined to vast incompetence and an uncertain mission.”
Truth be said, Fire and Fury reads more like a book about Steve Bannon than Donald Trump, even if the latter’s face and name are plastered on the cover.
The first character you read about in the prologue is Steve Bannon, and the epilogue ends with a statement attributed to him; Bannon is the man people wait three hours for, and some of the most outrageous decision made since Trump became president are his, including the Jerusalem decision.
“Day one we are moving the US embassy to Jerusalem…Let Jordan take the West Bank, let Egypt take Gaza,” says Bannon in the book.
President Trump gets some time in the spotlight, sure, but he feels like the side character Bannon should have been; he’s that man with the combover that factions are fighting for, Bannonites on the one hand, and Jarvanka on the other, and it barely registers that he has any agency in all this.
Why did Trump run for president?
The answer to that is broadly similar to the reason why Courtney Rose ran for mayor in The Mayor, only instead of ending up in scripted lighthearted shenanigans, there’s a president who finds time to argue about who has a bigger nuclear button.
So, who’s Trump according to Michael Wolff? – “A chronically unfaithful husband…who knew nothing at all about the basic intellectual foundations of the job.”
He’s a man who thrives on flattery, doesn’t like making decisions that require analytical thinking, and may have some literacy problem.
Quite an unflattering image.